India’s main opposition Congress party on Sunday demanded that the District Magistrate of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh be removed due to his role in cremating the body of the alleged gang-rape victim without the permission of the family.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who met the family members of victim on 3 October, said the family had been treated badly by the top district official. Vadra, in a tweet in Hindi, called for his removal and an inquiry into his omissions. He also reportedly warned the family to remain silent.
हाथरस के पीड़ित परिवार के अनुसार सबसे बुरा बर्ताव डीएम का था। उन्हें कौन बचा रहा है? उन्हें अविलंब बर्खास्त कर पूरे मामले में उनके रोल की जाँच हो।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 4, 2020
परिवार न्यायिक जांच माँग रहा है तब क्यों सीबीआई जांच का हल्ला करके SIT की जांच जारी है। 1/2
यूपी सरकार यदि जरा भी नींद से जागी है तो उसे परिवार की बात सुननी चाहिए।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) October 4, 2020
The victim of the alleged gang-rape and assault died in a Delhi hospital on 29 September and her body was cremated by the district administration of Hathras in the early hours of 30 September.
Uttar Pradesh police had fortified the village and stopped access to lawmakers and media, some 200 kilometres south of Delhi, claiming it would disturb the law and order situation there.
Following widespread protests, the state government ordered a probe by the federal agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and lifted the siege of the village.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री @myogiadityanath जी ने सम्पूर्ण हाथरस प्रकरण की जांच सीबीआई से कराए जाने के आदेश दिए हैं।— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) October 3, 2020
The family has demanded a judicial probe into the incident.